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Fonteverde Thermal Baths in San Casciano dei Bagni
Photo © Valdichiana Living
Photo © Valdichiana Living

How to say goodbye to winter in Valdichiana Senese

Ideas and activities for the last weeks of winter in Southern Tuscany

Winter is an absolutely unique season in Valdichiana Senese: the villages become silent, the fog offers unusual scenarios and the days begin to get longer again. These are the last weeks to discover this land in its most authentic version: the traveler becomes a local and the journey becomes immersion in the local community.

Contents
  • 1.
    In the historic centers that warm your heart
  • 2.
    Visits in the local museums
  • 3.
    Winter to taste
  • 4.
    Immersion in thermal waters

In the historic centers that warm your heart

Sunset in Montepulciano
Sunset in Montepulciano - Credit: Valdichiana Living

During the winter season, the nine villages of Valdichiana Senese show themselves in their most essential guise. Wandering through the narrow streets of the historic centers, you will come across the inhabitants who live them on a daily basis, who will be able to give you information and direct you towards the most hidden corners, to be admired in complete tranquility. In February, at sunset, the skies are tinged with shades of pink: a spectacle to be admired on the panoramic terraces overlooking the surrounding countryside of the Valdichiana and the nearby Val d'Orcia. 

Visits in the local museums

Civic Museum Underground City in Chiusi
Civic Museum Underground City in Chiusi - Credit: Valdichiana Living

What if a downpour surprises you? Well, you can take refuge in the city museums, whose archaeological finds and works of art retain their unchanged charm from season to season. The unmissable stop? Certainly Chiusi, which relives the Etruscan past, between history and myth, in three city museums: National Etruscan Museum, Civic Museum The Underground City and Museum of the Cathedral and Labyrinth of Porsenna. Among the pieces not to be missed are the enigmatic Sphinx of Chiusi at the National Museum and the numerous epigraphs in the underground section of the Civic Museum.

Winter to taste

The art of
The art of "appiciare" - Credit: Valdichiana Living

Food and wine is an evergreen in this area, and winter is no exception. During these months, even the preparation of the dishes itself becomes a moment of conviviality. Gather around a table with a local housemaker, perhaps with a fireplace lit in the background, and let her teach you how to "appiciare" (the art of local pasta making): when you finally sit down to taste your pici, you will have known the essence of the Valdichiana Senese. 

Immersion in thermal waters

Sensory Thermal Baths in Chianciano Terme
Sensory Thermal Baths in Chianciano Terme

A trip in winter is often an opportunity to relax, to escape the chaos and stress of busy months. The thermal baths are therefore a must for anyone who decides to go on a trip in winter: the heat of the thermal waters and the calming power of the wellness treatments are the most suitable recipe for dedicating time to yourself and rediscovering harmony. One of the salient characteristics of this corner of Tuscany is the presence of numerous thermal springs, in three different locations: Chianciano Terme, Montepulciano and San Casciano dei Bagni.

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